Legal residents rejoice!

In a joint announcement made today by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Interior and Transportation Minister Florencio Randazzo, the government said that you will now be able to get a new DNI identity card in 24 hours. This is quite an improvement, considering a few years ago it could take up to 18 months (yes, a year and a half) for a foreigner to get their DNI.

In order to get it in such a short period of time, you just need to make an appointment online, pay the AR$350 fee and head over to one of the 24-hour DNI offices, or CDRs. This service is considered “urgent and special” so there’s no home delivery. Sorry! You just need to go back to the CDR in 24 hours and pick up the DNI yourself.

And if you’re too lazy and decide to send someone else to get it, remember that it can only be someone who’s at least 18 and they have to bring the official comprobante that was handed over to the applicant by the CDR staff a day before.

For no extra charge, Randazzo will throw in one of those ugly brown booklets that are now totally useless.
For no extra charge, Randazzo will throw in one of those ugly brown booklets that are now totally useless.

So next time you get mugged and/or lose your wallet while walking back home drunk, you will no longer have to suffer about going through the annoying process of standing in a long line and disappearing into a never-ending maze of bureaucratic madness. All you need is a few hundred pesos.

You can get your DNI in 24 hours only by going to one of the following three Centers For Quick Documentation (Centro de Documentación Rápida, or CDR) in Buenos Aires:

  • CDR 25 de Mayo. 25 de Mayo 155.
  • CDR Paseo Colón. Paseo Colón Av. 1093.
  • CDR Callao. Callao 1065.